Terrible loss leads to celebration of a legacy in Athens County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What started as a heartbreaking story of loss and devastation in a small farm community was transformed into lasting legacy honoring the memory of a promising young man.With a bright future ahead, 18-year-old Noah Cox was tragically killed in late May in a tractor rollover accident while baling hay. Cox was a noted cattle showman who had multiple grand champion steer banners from the Athens County Fair. This was his last year of junior show eligibility.After the terrible loss of Cox this spring, his good friend Austin Pullins (also an accomplished steer showman) decided to finish out his market beef projects at the Ohio State Fair and the Athens County Fair. This set the stage for the early-August Athens County Junior Market Beef Show and the incredible livestock sale that followed.“When I walked into the fairgrounds I could feel it,” said Jason Langley, the Washington CH-based auctioneer from the Athens County Junior Fair Livestock Sale. “I’ve been selling down there for a number of years and there was just this quiet over the crowd. When you go to a fair sale there is usually a lot of energy and a lot of activity. When I walked in there I could feel it in the air and [Noah] not being there was a huge impact at the Athens County Fair.”The Athens County Fair Junior Market Beef Show was still fresh in everyone’s mind at the sale.“When Noah passed away his good friend Austin stepped in there to help get the steers ready and he won that show with Noah’s steer. It was the best steer in the barn. It wasn’t a feel-good situation for the judge. It was the best steer. I don’t even know if the judge knew the situation,” Langley said. “After they did that, Austin came in with his steer and got reserve champion. When the champion drive was on, Austin was in there showing Noah’s steer instead of his own. It was awesome for him to get that for Noah.”The sale then got off to its somber start.“They told me what happened and I knew it was going to be huge, even if he had placed last in the show. But how do you do this without taking away from the other kids? A group of business people from the area got together and put in money and called me with that amount of money. We sold the steer and there were eight or 10 buyers involved and that was $26,000, which is what the steer sold for in the ring. Then I gave the opportunity to the people in the crowd to donate to this. After it was all said and done, I collected an additional $37,050,” Langley said. “You talk about tears, goose bumps, hugs, cheers. It was unbelievable. It was what 4-H is all about and what agriculture is about — coming together as a community to support a young man and his family. It was a touching moment. If you can’t get excited about a story like this, I don’t know what you need. There was something like 40,000 views of the video from the auction.”In addition to the livestock sale proceeds, commemorative t-shirts were sold in memory of Noah Cox.“They started making a few and pretty soon they were making hundreds of these purple shirts and selling them and the proceeds go to a new barn they are putting up at the fairgrounds — a grooming barn at the end of the steer barn,” Langley said. “They have a tent there now but they are building this barn in his memory.”The purple shirts feature the phrase “Succeeding in the show ring of life” and more than 800 have been sold, with proceeds benefitting the Noah Cox Memorial Fund and Athens County 4-H and FFA members.Donations continued after the sale and by the next morning, the total contributions toward the sale and the Noah Cox Memorial Fund were over $70,000. The new building honoring Cox will be constructed before the 2018 Athens County Fair.The selection of the grand champion steer was a very emotional moment at the Athens County Fair. Photo by Raven Williams.last_img read more

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Upcoming Webinar: Planning for Contingencies on Your Caregiving Journey

first_imgPlease join MFLN Military Caregiving Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘Detour Ahead: Planning for Contingencies on Your Caregiving Journey.’Like many things in life, caregiving is a journey, not a destination…Even the best laid plans – or map, if you will – have unintended obstacles and barriers resulting in a change of direction. While the caregiver cannot anticipate every scenario, there are some common issues that caregivers may be able to anticipate. Too, knowing there may be detours ahead may be able to help the caregiver better cope when problems arise. This session will explore some common issues in caregiving and provide some tips for when these detours occur. We will also discuss some critical thinking/decision-making skills that can help caregivers take apart and analyze unanticipated detours. Presenter:Andrew Crocker, MSExtension Program Specialist II in Gerontology and HealthTexas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceContinuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for 1.0 continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on Planning for Contingencies on Your Caregiving Journey. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 4, 2018.last_img read more

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Bob Huggins’ Daughters Tweeted Rape Jokes About Maryland’s Dez Wells Sunday Night

first_imgBob Huggins's daughter tweets about Dez Wells.Maryland and West Virginia rarely play each other in basketball, so there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two programs that border each other. After Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game, though, maybe one is going to heat up. The No. 5-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 4-seeded Terrapins in a contest in Columbus that featured a lot of trash talking and some pretty physical play. There appears to be some hatred of Maryland stemming from the family of WVU coach Bob Huggins, too. During and after the game, Twitter accounts seemingly belonging to Huggins’ daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline Huggins, tweeted rape jokes about Terrapins’ senior star Dez Wells. Jenna Leigh Huggins, who is listed as West Virginia’s “program assistant,” later deleted those tweets and made her Twitter account private. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.59.49 AMHuggins’ other daughter, Jacqueline, tweeted a similar joke. The tweet was still online as of Monday morning. “NO MEANS NO DEZ!” –@JennaLeigh44— (@JacqueHuggins) March 23, 2015Wells was expelled from Xavier in 2012 following a sexual assault allegation. Those allegations were deemed unworthy of prosecution, though, and Wells sued the school. The lawsuit was settled out of court “in a matter satisfactory to the parties,” according to the Washington Post. West Virginia is set to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.last_img read more

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Nearly 50 people fall sick on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

first_imgBALTIMORE – Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week.Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres told The Baltimore Sun 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness were reported aboard the Grandeur of the Seas ship.The 2,900-passenger cruise left Baltimore on Jan. 2 for a nine-day trip with stops in South Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. It was scheduled to set sail back to Baltimore on Thursday, but now won’t until Saturday because of a mechanical error.Torres said the cause of the illness is unknown. The ship’s doctors have treated those affected by the illness with over-the-counter medication. Torres said no new illnesses had been reported as of Thursday morning.Last month, about 500 passengers on two separate Royal Caribbean cruises also fell sick.___This story has been corrected to show the reason for the ship’s delayed return was mechanical error, not the sickness.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more

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Flood Warning ended for Pouce Coupe River

first_imgUPDATE: The provincial government says that the flood warning for the Pouce Coupe River has ended.POUCE COUPE, B.C. – The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a flood warning for the Pouce Coupe River.The warning was issued earlier today for the Pouce Coupe River downstream from Henderson Creek, which enters the river southeast of Rolla, near the B.C./Alberta border. The streamflow recorded at this station is that of a flood between 100- and 200-year return periods, which is close to the June 2016 flood level. Hydrometric data from the B.C. River Forecast Centre showing forecast water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from the B.C. River Forecast Centre showing forecast water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from Environment Canada showing current water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from Environment Canada showing current water levels in the Pouce Coupe River The River Forecast Centre is cautioning the public to stay clear of the river and unstable riverbanks.last_img read more

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Nawazuddin to star in Barrettos next

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, Dusty to meet Rusty. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. Dusty to meet Rusty will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films Motichoor Chaknachoor and Bole Chudiyan. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

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The Thunder Are On A Historic Playoff Run

1986Houston Rockets141559164082 1972New York Knicks1214701592123 2003New Jersey Nets141543162481 The Oklahoma City Thunder just keep shocking the basketball world. It wasn’t enough to knock the 67-win San Antonio Spurs out of the playoffs in six games; they’ve also been trouncing the Golden State Warriors like it was nothing special. After crushing the Dubs again Tuesday night, 118-94, OKC is suddenly a win away from eliminating the record-busting defending champions and punching a ticket to the NBA Finals.One way to measure just how impressive this run has been is to look at the Elo ratings, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite way of measuring a team’s strength that takes into account both opponent strength (very strong!) and margin of victory (very high!). Through their first 15 playoff games, only five teams in NBA history increased their Elo rating more than OKC has this postseason. 1995Houston Rockets141531162594 In other words, the Thunder started the playoffs as a very good team. Since then, they’ve become a great one — and, soon, they might have a conference championship to show for it.Check out our latest NBA playoff predictions. With an 85-point increase since the playoffs opened, the Thunder have elevated their Elo to 1767, setting yet another high-water mark for the franchise and — here’s the real shocker — pulling (slightly) ahead of the Warriors as the No. 1-ranked team in the NBA. (Our adjusted CARM-Elo ratings also rank the Thunder first, meaning they would give the Thunder the head-to-head edge over Golden State on a neutral court.)Obviously, Elo ratings aren’t the final word on these two clubs. But in this case, they help underscore just how quickly a team’s level of play can change. A little over a month ago, the 73-win Warriors and 55-win Thunder finished their regular seasons. Now the two squads are basically evenly matched, with a slight edge to the team that won 18 fewer games.And the Thunder’s improvement is in a class of its own, at least in the context of where they started the playoffs. Unlike some squads, such as the 2001 Lakers team that came off of a championship and snoozed through the season before snapping to life in the playoffs, this year’s Thunder squad began the postseason far more highly rated (with an Elo of 1683) than any playoff team that made similarly stark gains. OKC has work to do to catch up with that Lakers squad in overall rating, but the team is already close despite having been blown out a few times in the playoffs. 2010Boston Celtics1415381678140 ELO YEARTEAMGAMES INTO PLAYOFFSSTART OF PLAYOFFSEND OF RUNCHANGE 2013San Antonio Spurs1516011721121 2009Denver Nuggets141607169184 2016Oklahoma City Thunder151683176785 2001Los Angeles Lakers1516471770123 2015Cleveland Cavaliers141631171282 Teams that gained at least 80 Elo points in 15 playoff games or less Source: basketball-reference.com 2001Charlotte Hornets81542162281 read more

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The MLB Closers Best At Cleaning Up Their Own Messes

Luke Gregerson2361.702.46+0.75 Cody Allen1751.672.36+0.69 PITCHERSHUTDOWNSMELTDOWNSINITIALMAXIMUMINCREASE Shawn Tolleson981.382.08+0.71 These days, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia is saving everything in sight. On Tuesday night, Familia closed out the back end of New York’s doubleheader split against the St. Louis Cardinals for his 36th save of the 2016 season, the most in the majors. Toss out those pesky postseason stats, and Familia has successfully preserved Mets victories in 52 consecutive save opportunities, stretching back nearly a full calendar year — the third-longest streak in major league history.But as any Mets fan can tell you, the sailing is not always smooth with Familia. Underneath his unblemished saves mark, Familia’s control can be erratic; the 3.4 walks he’s allowing per nine innings ranks 11th-worst among regular closers this season. As a result, he frequently pitches his way into varying degrees of peril before bearing down and escaping with a save.To put Familia’s — and other closers’ — habit of pitching dangerously into perspective, I compiled what I’m calling the “heart-attack index” for relief pitchers. One of the core concepts is leverage index: how important any moment of a game is (relative to average) based on how much it could potentially swing each team’s probability of winning. On average this season, Familia has entered the game when the leverage index is 1.71,1Through Monday, so this doesn’t include Tuesday’s games — nor do the rest of the numbers in this article. which means these moments are about 70 percent more important than a typical at-bat. In the average Familia outing, that number balloons to 3.08 at its peak, meaning the pressure ratchets up more per appearance for Familia than it does for any other qualified2According to FanGraphs’ relief-pitching leaderboard. closer in the game: Jonathan Papelbon1751.692.68+0.98 Brad Ziegler2131.682.88+1.21 Jeanmar Gomez2151.852.82+0.96 Francisco Rodriguez1831.692.41+0.72 Santiago Casilla18102.273.51+1.24 Kevin Jepsen1191.552.19+0.63 Arodys Vizcaino1761.482.43+0.95 Steve Cishek1972.003.19+1.19 Fernando Rodney1741.522.12+0.60 Sam Dyson2331.832.78+0.95 Tony Cingrani1791.582.35+0.77 Unsurprisingly, there’s Familia again on the top left, losing more win probability than any other qualified reliever before the pressure-valve alarms start to buzz, only to also gain the most win probability afterward as he brings the team back from the brink of a meltdown. (To some extent this is circular — Andrew Miller of the Yankees, for instance, seldom pitches himself into enough trouble to rack up huge win probability credit on the other side of max leverage — but that’s also kind of the point.)Other relievers, such as deposed Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon, pitch into nearly as much trouble as Familia but aren’t as skilled at extricating themselves from danger. (Which might help explain why the Cubs on Monday dealt for Aroldis Chapman, who gets into considerably less trouble on the mound than Familia but pitches well when in a jam.)In Familia’s case, it’s fair to ask how much of this high-wire act is repeatable: Surely his save streak will eventually end if he keeps pitching so dangerously, right? Well, maybe. WPA isn’t a very predictive statistic because of the large weight it places on high-leverage situations; if a player performs above his usual level in important moments, it’s unlikely to hold up for very long. But by the same token, Familia isn’t a bad pitcher who just happens to have pitched great under pressure — putting leverage-based metrics aside, he also ranks eighth among qualified closers in fielding independent pitching, despite the shaky walk rate. (It’s also worth noting that Familia’s signature pitch, the sinker, tends to either miss low in the zone — hence the walks — or induce ground balls, which often double up base runners who walked to first.)Familia may not be the best closer in baseball, and his save streak is destined to end sooner or later. But a pulse-pumping pitching style isn’t automatically a bad thing — provided fans’ hearts can take the drama while they watch from the couch. David Robertson2361.762.86+1.10 A.J. Ramos2021.602.41+0.82 Zach Britton2611.632.37+0.74 Mark Melancon2041.542.49+0.95 Trevor Rosenthal10111.522.57+1.06 Shutdowns and meltdowns are FanGraphs’ alternatives to the save and blown save. Statistics through July 25.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Which closers crank up the pressure most? Roberto Osuna1931.392.09+0.71 Hector Rondon1461.502.13+0.62 Aroldis Chapman1731.902.53+0.63 RELIEF PITCHER INDICATORSAVG. LEVERAGE Wade Davis1621.512.28+0.76 Craig Kimbrel1661.742.42+0.69 But pitching into trouble3And it’s worth noting that for appearances of greater than one inning, a pitcher’s offensive teammates could affect how his leverage index changes — but in an era of one-inning closers, that consideration doesn’t come up often. is only half the Familia formula — he’s also been masterful at pitching his way out of the jams he creates. To get a sense both for the holes that Familia digs and for his ability to climb out of them, I plotted the amount of win probability every reliever loses per at-bat before hitting the maximum leverage index of each appearance against his win probability added per at-bat from that moment onward: Alex Colome1651.622.95+1.32 Jeurys Familia3021.713.08+1.37 Kenley Jansen2351.822.35+0.53 Carlos Estevez1281.512.08+0.56 Andrew Miller2441.722.46+0.74 Ryan Madson1981.762.73+0.97 Will Harris2621.602.44+0.84 Jeremy Jeffress1941.592.79+1.20 read more

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Michael Jordan Give Me Kobe Bryant Over LeBron James

Michael Jordan said if he had his druthers, he would take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James.During an interview with NBA-TV, Jordan acknowledged James’ current dominance of the NBA. But for Jordan, winning is the ultimate measure of a great player’s greatness, and Bryant’s five rings with the Los Angeles Lakers trump James’ single title earned last June.“Five beats one every time I look at it,” Jordan said. “And not that (James) won’t get five. He may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.”The debate between Bryant and James is a heated one that both sides argue with great passion. Jordan, widely considered the greatest player of all time, said it would not be an easy decision. Clearly, he admires the talent of both perennial all-stars.But Bryant’s body of work in 17 seasons – including an NBA record 16 straight All-Star game appearances – was the determining factor. James, in his 10th season, finally reached the basketball summit with the NBA Finals victory over Oklahoma City.James recently set a record with six straight games of at least 30 points on 60 percent shooting. His team is playing better than any others in the league, and James has never performed better.“It doesn’t matter to me,” James said on Thursday about Jordan’s comments. “If you take Kobe one and I go second, it doesn’t matter. I don’t get too involved in what guys say about me, or if you take Kobe or if you take LeBron. As long as I’m on the floor and I make plays for my teammates, I don’t do what I do for other people’s approval.”Jordan, who turns 50 years old on Sunday, won six championships with the Chicago Bulls, six NBA Finals MVPs and five league MVPs. read more

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Scouting Minnesota A look at the 2015 Golden Gophers

OSU then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) runs after Minnesota then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) during a game on Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won 31-24. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter its lone bye week of the season, No. 3 Ohio State is set to welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to Ohio Stadium on Saturday.It will do so with a familiar face back behind center in redshirt junior Cardale Jones, who will start for the suspended J.T. Barrett.For Minnesota, it moseys into Columbus after a head-scratching 29-26 loss to then-No. 15 Michigan on Halloween.What would have been the go-ahead touchdown from Minnesota’s redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner with 19 seconds left was overturned on review. That was followed by poor clock management on the ensuing play, before a questionable decision to bypass attempting a 19-yard field goal to tie the game, instead opting for an unsuccessful one-yard quarterback sneak as time expired.The bizarre loss is just another installment in a rather disappointing campaign for Minnesota, which many thought would compete for the Big Ten West division crown, as it dropped to 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in the Big Ten.Here is deeper look at the 2015 Golden Gophers.Emotional pushLast week, Jerry Kill announced that he would be retiring from coaching because of health concerns. The exit of Kill, who was in the midst of his fourth season at the helm in Minneapolis, seemingly provided the double-digit underdog Golden Gophers with an emotional boost against then-No. 15 Michigan.“Coach Kill is so important to the state of Minnesota,” Leidner said following the loss. “The whole game was just emotional … For all the work every single person on that sideline put in to play for (Kill), it’s just an overwhelming feeling.”Leidner threw for a season-high 317 passing yards, sophomore tight end Brandon Lingen had more receiving yards (111) than he had in the first seven games combined and the offense as a whole piled up 461 yards — the second most this season — against the nation’s top-ranked defense.The Golden Gophers, who at one point had three straight three-point wins over measly opponents Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio, arguably looked the best they had all season against the Wolverines.Sometimes things that happen outside of the X’s and O’s, like Kill’s retirement, can have unexplainable effects once the game kicks off.One game is much too small of a sample size to know for sure if the emotional boost will be sustained, but against Michigan, Minnesota looked like the team many expected them to be early in the season.This week, against the nation’s No. 3 team in primetime with Kill’s exit still fresh in their minds, the Golden Gophers should be up to the challenge against OSU.Carrying the weightEmotions aside, there is a reason why Minnesota sits at .500 on the season.It’s because the Golden Gopher offense is — at best — marginal, and the defense has to carry much of the weight.Other than its 41-13 victory over Purdue (2-6), Minnesota has not scored more than 27 points in a game, which it did over the Mid-American Conference’s Ohio.Much of the reason why the Golden Gophers are ranked 107th in scoring offense is because of their inability to find the end zone. On the year, they have just 18 touchdowns compared to 14 field goals. To put it in perspective, one of the Big Ten’s worst teams in Purdue has 30 touchdowns and only three field goals.Those offensive struggles mean much more pressure is applied to the Minnesota defense.For the most part, the defense has not cracked under that pressure, as it’s been rather disruptive for opponents.Anchored by redshirt sophomore linebacker Cody Poock and senior cornerback Antonio Johnson, who both have 55 tackles on the season, the defense ranks 25th in the country.The veteran secondary, which starts three seniors, has been stingy all season long, letting up just 174 yards per game.With the struggling Jones back at quarterback for the Buckeyes, Minnesota will hope to capitalize on its secondary’s success and limit the OSU offense.If the said scenario can happen, the pressure shifts to the offense to do its part and find the end zone. Unfortunately for the Golden Gophers, expecting the offense to improve against the stout Scarlet and Gray defense is a tall task.Teammate reunionsMinnesota’s roster is littered with connections to current Buckeyes, as three players played high school football with an OSU player and another — redshirt senior center Brian Bobek — once donned the scarlet and gray. Two others are Ohio natives.Johnson was a high school teammate of OSU redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Donovan Munger at Shaker Heights High School near Cleveland. Minnesota redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Gentry, who has two catches for 36 yards this season, was high school teammates with OSU’s redshirt freshman defensive Sam Hubbard at Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller, where the duo won back-to-back state championships.Minnesota redshirt freshman Jared Weyler played alongside OSU sophomore Evan Lisle on the offensive line at Centerville High School near Dayton.Bobek, who now starts at center for Minnesota, will be returning to Columbus where he spent a season on the OSU football team in 2011, appearing in five games. The Inverness, Illinois, native transferred after his freshman campaign.Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s showdown, Minnesota has another undefeated team on the docket. The Golden Gophers are scheduled to take on the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 14 in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff is penciled in for 8 p.m. read more

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